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David Pritchard

Dr. Pritchard is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York - Empire State College located in Buffalo, New York USA and his Ph.D. dissertation from the State University of New York University at Buffalo is titled “Global Decentralization of Commercial Aircraft Production: Implications to the U.S. Based Manufacturing Activity”.

Dr. Pritchard has over 20 years of aerospace experience in aircraft assembly automation as former Director of Operations of Gemcor and has been involved with seven aircraft launches, managed international offsets programs, completed foreign financing transactions and has expertise in aerospace marketing and product introduction into the regions of Europe, Russia/CIS, China and Asia.

Dr. Pritchard’s research in the commercial aircraft industry focuses on the global supply network, and has been published in The Economist, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Business Week along with aviation trade journals such as Flight Global and Aviation Week.

He has recently presented his current research titled “Aerospace 4.0: Implications to the New Manufacturing Ecosystem” in China, Russia, India, Canada, Vietnam and United States. The research focuses on next generation single aisle aircraft (late 2020s) that will be adopting advanced manufacturing robotic applications (COBOTS-Collaborative Robots, MOBOTS-Industrial Robots on Automated Guide Vehicles), automated fiber placement, thermoplastics composites and additive manufacturing processes


  • PhD in International Trade from University at Buffalo - State University of New York
  • M.A. in International Business from University at Buffalo - State University of New York
  • B.S. in Procurement and Contract Adminstration from University at Buffalo - State University of New York